Collection: Kate Maura Kilty

I met a Rapids Clubtail while drawing plein air in the Oak Ridges Moraine. This ancient 350 million year old creature of the Odonata suborder is a metaphor of transformation and self realization across many cultures.  This body of work is about soul searching.   Mining biology, history, mythology, philosophy and poetry and I create a stylized visual language of imagined transformations.  Interweaving biological images,  human figure and text (some from over 100 year old books) these elements are collaged digitally using a variety of mark making tools in Procreate and printed on paper or canvas.  Collaging layers of paper and transparency which are pinned overtop the digital imagery allowing a sense of motion, like water and wind.  Using historical ways of making, I draw overtop digital images with oil pastel or pencil and sometimes paint. Combining contemporary and historical ways of making recognizes their synergy to creating greater deeper knowledge of self and the world that surrounds us with which we are only a small part.  

Within a contemporary painting practice, I hope to bring forth a conversation about the necessity for the collaboration of disciplines in order gain deeper understandings of self and consider how we can get better at opening our minds to new ways of seeing ourselves and our connection to the natural world, and think about what it can teach us if we are only willing to do the work and listen.

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  • Strength From Fragility
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  • A New Threshold
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  • Only For A Moment
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  • Like The Wind
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  • Letting Go
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  • A New Way of Unfolding
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